In Cambodia, life expectancy is only 65. The health system is extremely under-resourced, and there is a severe lack of community knowledge about basic hygiene and sanitation, water-borne illnesses, non-communicable diseases, food safety, sexual health, nutrition, first aid and mental health.
Our charity the FutureSense Foundation works alongside the local community to develop and implement programs that address these issues and improve education quality. As an education intern, you will be assisting this work. Some of the projects you could be involved in include:
Conducting research to understand the complex issues affecting health in the local area.
Designing health interventions based on your research.
Observing local health care workers at health centres and hospitals.
Developing and delivering health promotion workshops for school children and the wider community to build awareness of important topics.
Assisting health care workers with community screenings (depending on your qualifications/experience).
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When you arrive in Cambodia you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Khmer culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’ll be working on.
For the rest of your internship you'll work with FutureSense Monday - Friday and the weekend will be free to do your own travelling. In the final week of your internship you will give a presentation to the FutureSense team and local community members of the projects you've been working on.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can continue on with your own travel.
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the internship
Doing an internship like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Making presentations and public speaking.
Research and making comparisons.
Using theoretical frameworks to guide the practical implementation of strategies.
An understanding of the Cambodian health system and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
An incredible couple of weeks spending time in health centres, teaching basic first aid to local women and teaching health in a local school. What a wonderful opportunity I will always be incredibly grateful for.Hayley Boxall - Federation University